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Vegas up close

Liz Hansen and Vegas are coming back from the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with a title. It's just not the hoped-for titles of Best in Breed or even the coveted Best in Show. But Vegas was the best male Standard Schnauzer in Madison Square Garden.

Rap artist Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne performs at the 51st Grammy Awards on Sunday. He is also a blogger for ESPN.

Vegas and owner

Liz Hansen and her dog, Vegas, shown here in training, had a successful trip to the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at New York's Madison Square Garden. Vegas won Best of the Opposite Sex among Standard Schnauzers. A female won Best in Breed, so Vegas was named the best male.

Ken Green, guest columnist

Ken Green is a guest columnist for the Missourian.

Moving Ahead sends valentines to troops

Annie Jackson, left, looks on as Ella Taylor, 10, writes a valentine to the troops in Iraq. Jackson often plans art projects for the kids in the Moving Ahead Program, and she had the idea to have the children send a Valentine’s Day gift basket with candy to the troops.

After-school program makes valentines for troops

El’Saun Hutchison, right, 7, and Tyler Hayes, 9, write "Fantastic Four" valentines to the troops in Iraq at the “Blind” Boone Community Center on Monday.

Celebrating a huge win

MU student Andy Hays, center, celebrates with sophomore guard Jarrett Sutton after MU's 62-60 victory over KU Monday night at Mizzou Arena.

Victory celebration

Matt Lawrence celebrates the Mizzou's victory Monday night.

Ramsey tries a rebound

Missouri's Keith Ramsey fights for a rebound against Kansas defenders, Mario Little and Markieff Morris.

Miller goes for a layup

Missouri guard J.T. Miller goes up for a layup against Kansas defense Mario Little, middle, and Cole Aldrich.

Taking charge of the boards

DeMarre Carroll and Matt Lawrence go up for an offensive rebound.

Block that Jayhawk

Missouri's Leo Lyons goes up to block a shot by KU's Mario Little.

A sea of gold

The Mizzou Arena student section was filled with fans dressed in gold for the game Monday night.

Driving down the court

Missouri's J.T. Tiller drives with the ball late in the second half. Starting guards J.T. Tiller and Zaire Taylor are known for their defense, and the two juniors led the Tigers to a comeback over Kansas.

Taylor's shot downs KU

Missouri's Zaire Taylor puts up the winning shot with 1.3 seconds left on Monday against visiting Kansas.

Public ceramics workshop at Paquin Tower

Shane Brockman, front, and Roberta Carter paint ceramic objects before they are ready to be put in the kiln. The two attended the public ceramics workshop at Paquin Tower on Feb. 2.

A year-round snowman

Shane Brockman, left, gets advice from the Paquin Tower recreation ceramics instructor, Anna Meyer, about his snowman ceramic figure. "If you want to use it year round," Meyer suggested, "then avoid using green and red together."

Painting ceramics

Helen Sherrod, a Columbia school bus driver, left, and her mother, Fausta Morales, paint their ceramics at Paquin Tower on Feb. 2. Sherrod planned to fix and antique Santa's moustache after she finished painting his beard.

Grinding the stones

Vernon Barr, 92, of the Central Missouri Rock and Lapidary Club polishes a leopardskin agate as part of the group's instructional event on Saturday near Midway as wife, Jeanne, reads in the background. The Barrs have belonged to the club since 1965. "I dearly love to go hunting for rocks but I don't do anything. Vernon does the lapidary part — it's noisy and messy," Jeanne said.

Result of hard work

Vernon Barr displays a leopardskin agate that he polished and fitted with a buckle during the Central Missouri Rock and Lapidary Club meeting Saturday. The agate started as a slab and was ground and polished by Barr within a matter of hours.
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